Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Magic Banana Awards, 1999

An amazing year for films. Two Yimou nostalgia pieces in the same year? A Shawshank retread? A bitingly funny tale of bored surbabanites? Movies, you are too good to me.

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Best Film
Gold: Not one Less
Silver: American Beauty
Bronze: The Green Mile
Runners up: The Road Home, All About My Mother, Magnolia, The Insider

Best Director
Gold: Sam Mendes, American Beauty
Silver: Frank Darabont, The Green Mile
Bronze: Michael Mann, The Insider
Runners up: Zhang Yimou (The Road Home & Not one Less), Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother)

Best Actor
Gold: Denzel Washington, The Hurricane
Silver: Al Pacino, The Insider
Bronze: Om Puri, My Son the Fanatic
Runners up: Russell Crowe (The Insider), Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky)

Best Actress
Gold: Wei Minzhi, Not one Less
Silver: Annette Bening, American Beauty
Bronze: Reese Witherspoon, Election
Runners up: Janet McTeers (Tumbleweeds), Ziyi Zhang (The Road Home)

Best Supporting Actor
Gold: Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense
Silver: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Magnolia
Bronze: Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile
Runners up: Jamie Foxx (Any Given Sunday), John C. Reilly (Magnolia)

Best Supporting Actress
Gold: Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense
Silver: Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich
Bronze: Thora Birch, American Beauty
Runners up: Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich), Julianne Moore (Magnolia)

Writing, Original Screenplay
Gold: American Beauty (Alan Ball)
Silver: Not one Less (Xiangsheng Shi)
Bronze: All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar)
Runners up: Dogma (Kevin Smith), Cradle Will Rock (Tim Robbins)

Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Gold: The Green Mile (Frank Darabont)
Silver: The Road Home (Shi Bao)
Bronze: Election (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor)
Runners up: The Talented Mr Ripley (Anthony Minghella)

Original Score
Gold: American Beauty (Thomas Newman)
Silver: The Virgin Suicides (Air)
Bronze: The Green Mile (Thomas Newman)
Runners up: Angela’s Ashes (John Williams), The End of the Affair (Michael Nyman)

Cinematography
Gold: American Beauty (Conrad L. Hall)
Silver: The Sixth Sense (Tak Fujimoto)
Bronze: Sleepy Hollow (Emmanuelle Lubezki)

Best Editing
Gold: American Beauty
Silver: The Matrix
Bronze: The Green Mile

6 comments:

Jay said...

I need to see those two Chinese films!

Favourite Films
(1) EYES WIDE SHUT
(2) The Insider
(3) Notting Hill
(4) American Beauty
(5) Ghost Dog

Best Films
(1) MAGNOLIA (no contest, really)
(2) EYES WIDE SHUT
(3) The Insider
(4) American Beauty
(5) All About My Mother

Best Direction
(1) PTA (Magnolia)
(2) STANLEY KUBRICK (Eyes Wide Shut)
(3) MICHAEL MANN (The Insider)
(4) Sam Mendes (American Beauty)
(5) David Lynch (The Straight Story)

Best Lead Performance
(1) RUSSELL CROWE (The Insider)
(2) Al Pacino (The Insider)
(3) Denzel Washington (Hurricane)
(4) Tom Cruise (Eyes Wide Shut)
(5) Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story)

Best Supporting Performance
(1) TOM CRUISE (Magnolia) (YES)
(2) Julianne Moore (Magnolia)
(3) Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut)
(4) Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense)
(5) Chris Cooper (American Beauty)

Best Screenplay
(1) MAGNOLIA (all-time top 10)
(2) Eyes Wide Shut
(3) American Beauty
(4) The Insider
(5) The Sixth Sense

Best Cinematography
(1) EYES WIDE SHUT (just)
(2) MAGNOLIA
(3) THE INSIDER
(4) AMERICAN BEAUTY
(5) The Straight Story

Best Film Editing
(1) MAGNOLIA (hands down)
(2) Eyes Wide Shut
(3) American Beauty
(4) The Insider
(5) Ghost Dog

Best Original Score
(1) AMERICAN BEAUTY
(2) The Straight Story
(3) Magnolia
(4) Ghost Dog
(5) The Virgin Suicides

It's clearly Magnolia's year. AMAZING screenplay, and Tom Cruise's performance in the film is an acting miracle (one that defines the word multilayered) and perhaps the best supporting performance of all time - that's just how good I think it is.

Brilliant year photography-wise! No less than four masterpieces of cinematography.

The Matrix for editing, Undy? Even Notting Hill was better edited, I felt. At least some of the cuts in that sweet film had something to them (like cool "jump cuts" the first time she walks into his apartment so as to reflect his anxiety). The Matrix's editing was just random. Easy to notice, yes, but not very good... or maybe I just need to see it again.

liz said...

wow, that was fast work. well done!

film: toy story 2 (so sue me), American Beauty and The Sixth Sense

actor: Halley Joel Osment - 6th Sense

actress: Julia Roberts - Notting Hill

Emma said...

Notting Hill is Working Title. I shouldn't have forgotten it.

MysticFist said...

The Road Home!

DL said...

I wonder if you've seen Boys Don't Cry. Because the performances (particularly Chloe Sevigny's) are well worth mentioning. Great year for the movies, though.

Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info
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